A fiscally sane agenda is needed for California, but as long as Republicans or conservatives package it by stereotyping Mexicans, the young, gays, "coastal elites," or whoever else they wish to drag into their damned "culture war," it doesn't have a chance.
Rubio's critics are alarmed that an up-and-coming Republican leader is, once again, floating in a fact-free zone. It's Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock and Paul Broun all over again. It's the Republican primary when all the candidates publicly rejected evolution.
I never made it to law school and instead stayed home and raised kids and remained a registered Republican -- more out of loyalty to my father than to the GOP -- but increasingly found myself voting "across party lines." That changed in 1992.
What if the Culture War is not cultural at all? What if it is biological? What if this unbridgeable divide we are experiencing is in fact a matter of speciation -- between Homo sapiens retro and Homo sapiens progressivus?
Romney, who did not mention the word Palestinians in his speech or visit the occupied territories during his trip, did not recognize what any 10th grader of international politics knows: that the occupation is preventing Palestinians from attaining their full potential, cultural or otherwise.
Huffington and Matalin debate "War on Catholics" vs. "War on Women". The legal rights of non-catholic employees in publicly funded hospitals... or a 2000 year church doctrine. Then: guess who wins shootout between Clint and Karl over Chrysler ad?